Friday, June 06, 2008

NCRW Friday Morning Plenary (Post 4)

Joan Entmacher on Social Policy

Joan Entmacher raises the issues of health care and child care as well as tax issues, such as raising the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit. She also discusses the need to create comprehensive employment insurance and reforming the unemployment system. Briefly, she touches on “predatory lending” in terms of home equity.

Entmacher cites “two elephants in the room” in terms of economic security:
• Bush tax credits
• War in Iraq

She ends with musings on WHO IS THE MIDDLE CLASS? Currently, politicians are citing individuals who make updwards of $200,000 each year and she asks if those individuals are truly “middle class.” (On a personal note, by these standards, I definitely do not qualify as middle class, which I find quite troubling – considering my current privilege in terms of my education level and job security.)

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